Commencement refers to the ceremony, officiated by the provost of the university, where you share the excitement and importance of your academic accomplishments with peers, family, and friends. It is also a time for the university, president, deans, program directors, faculty, and staff to pay special tribute to you for the outstanding efforts you have shown in earning your degree. The university holds one ceremony, traditionally in the spring, to celebrate the graduates for the four prior conferrals. There is no registration fee to attend commencement; however, graduates will need to secure academic regalia, and any charges affiliated with traveling to the ceremony location.
Graduation, on the other hand, is the process of submitting an online graduation application, completing all academic requirements for your degree, and settling all financial obligations, among a few other audits/assessments. The administrative process of degree conferral will indicate your official date of graduation. Conferral date is defined as the date on which your degree is officially awarded> There are six official annual conferral (degree posting) dates per year. Graduates eligible for this year's commencement ceremony include: Graduates from the Aug. 1, 2019, Oct. 1, 2019, Dec. 1, 2019, Feb. 1, 2020, Apr. 1, 2020 and June 1, 2020 conferrals.
There is a one-time, nonrefundable graduation fee of $100 per degree. The fee covers administrative costs associated with completing the graduation review, as well as printing and shipping your diploma. Also note, you will receive your diploma whether you attend commencement or not.